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Polish people, your sons have fought in Norway, in the battle of France*
in the battle of Britain, in Africa, in Italy, on the seven seas and in the wide
spaces of the air., and now once again, they are fighting on the soil of France.
Polish people, you cannot be abandoned by the world and you won't be,
for even a Pilate could not wash his hands . . .
(Camille Huysman's address to the Polish workers fighting in Warsaw on
August 7, 1944).
The bravery of the people of Warsaw will never be forgotten. When the
citizens of Warsaw were being crucified, the people who should have been
bringing them help when the nails were put through their hands were the
people who stood at the foot of the cross and hurled jeers at them. (Sir
Patrick J. Dollan's speech in London, on October 11, 1944).
During the past three years Moscow had consistently called on the
Polish people to rise up against their German oppressors, even when the
Red Army had been fighting on the Volga, a thousand miles from Warsaw,
and any such attempt at a rising at that time would easily have been
squashed by the German occupying forces. Yet, when in 1944^ the Poles
mobilised complete divisions in the eastern part of their country, in the
Volyn and Wilno provinces, in the Lublin province and in the South,
and struck at the Germans in co-ordination with the Red Army's progres-
sive drive into Poland, Moscow showed herself dissatisfied with their
action, for the overlords of the Kremlin were anxious to see the antici-
pated rising in Poland led by Communists who would coine forward to
greet the Red troops as ' liberators.'
Stalin, during his talk at the begining of August with the Polish
Premier in Moscow, had already shown a remarkable lack of interest in
the achievements of the Polish Home Army and had coldly remarked that
" it would be much better if the Poles had stayed at home and grown
corn, since the Red Army would defeat Germany without their help and
corn is necessary for all " an entirely different version to those propa-
ganda appeals urged by the Soviets during the past years. The Polish
detachments which the Soviet troops had begun to encounter in their
offensive of 1944 kac* distinctly affirmed that, although they were ready
and willing to collaborate with the Red Army in their fight against the
Germans, they had begun their action at the order of their own Polish
Government and their own Commander-in-Chief.
Moscow had endeavoured to present these troops of the Home Army as
Underground Forces which had been organised and installed in Poland
by elements purely pro-Soviet in character, but the strength of these
troops and their activities did not permit of the Soviets continuing such
misrepresentation for any length of time. A Polish national force would